The Metro Classic Conference was dominated by Racine County teams, so it’s no wonder county players dominated the All-MCC teams in football, boys soccer and girls volleyball.
The Player of the Year in each sport came from a Racine school — senior running back Sean Madden of St. Catherine’s in football, senior midfielder Sam Hatem of Prairie in soccer and senior outside hitter Abby Jeffcoat of St. Catherine’s in volleyball.
Here are the first- and second-team selections for the three sports:
FOOTBALL: Madden, a senior running back and inside linebacker, made the first team on offense and defense for the Angels. Two other Angels players, seniors Brendan McGuire and Corey MacDonald, were two-way first-team selections on the offensive line and as a defensive tackle and outside linebacker, respectively.
St. Catherine’s had nine first-team selections, including six of the 12 spots on the first-team defense. Joining Madden, McGuire and MacDonald were senior defensive end Luke Dragic, senior defensive back Tarail King and junior defensive back Andrew Smith.
Catholic Central had four first-team selections, all on offense, led by senior tight end Tegan Miles. In addition to his first-team status, Miles was a second-team pick as the punter and as a defensive end. The other three Hilltoppers on the first team were junior wide receiver Tyler Burzawa, sophomore quarterback Ben Heiligenthal and sophomore kicker Gonzalo Perez.
Racine Lutheran had no first-team selections, but had three players on the second team — senior offensive lineman Chase Wember, junior tight end Grant Lamb and junior defensive back Mike Lamb.
Catholic Central’s second-team selections were senior offensive lineman Joe Homan, junior outside linebacker Jeff Stemper and Miles.
The only second-team selection for St. Catherine’s was senior kicker Murphy O’Connell.
Angels head coach Dan Miller was named the Coach of the Year and assistant coach Chris Holloway was named the Assistant Coach of the Year.
The defensive player of the year was senior linebacker Sam Zehnder of Greendale Martin Luther.
BOYS SOCCER: In addition to Hatem’s selection, Prairie junior defender Bobby Gaertig was named the MCC Defensive Player of the Year.
Prairie, the MCC champion and WIAA Division 3 state runner-up, had three players on the first team and three on the second team.
The first-team players were Gaertig, Hatem and junior forward CJ Thompson Jr., and the second-team picks were freshman goalkeeper Trey Eckert, senior defender Sam Kurhajec and senior midfielder Lucas Koenen.
St. Catherine’s first-team selections were senior goalkeeper Tim Fox and junior forward Kevin Eitel, and the Angels’ second-team picks were senior defender Christian Escobar, senior midfielder Zach Lewis, sophomore midfielder Jack Kocha and junior forward Daniel Welch.
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: Jeffcoat and sophomore setter Ellie LeCount were St. Catherine’s first-team representatives on the All-MCC team.
Joining the Angels on the first team were senior outside hitter Kate Andreucci of Prairie and senior setter Sarah Aumann of Racine Lutheran.
St. Catherine’s and Lutheran had one player each on the second team — senior libero Lauren Musurlian for the Angels and senior outside hitter Carissa Naegeli for the Crusaders.